Category Archives: African Food

Tamarind Juice (Tomi Dji)

Tamarind juice is one of my favorite childhood drinks, it is easy to make, refreshing and helps beat the summer heat. I have found different versions of this recipe, some were creative enough to make it into an alcoholic  cocktail, … Continue reading

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Sauce Arrachide – Peanut Soup

Sauce Arrachide, peanut soup or groundnut soup; the name varies according to the region you’re from as well as the recipe. Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Sweet Butternut Mash

by Francine Holmes My favorite recipe for this holiday combines sweet potatoes and butternut squash into a mashed dish. Individually, they are both delicious and easy to make, but together!? They are incredible. Ingredients: 2 sweet potatoes 1 butternut squash … Continue reading

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Manioc ‘Yucca’ Tots

On my recent trip to Abidjan, Ivory Coast, I stumbled on an old favorite childhood snack while at the market. I can only describe it as tater tots made out of yucca root. By Francine Holmes Yucca root (Manihot esculenta), … Continue reading

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Thieboudienne (Senegalese Fish and Rice)

By Francine Holmes      Thieboudienne (Tieboudjen or Ceboo jen or Tiebou Djeun, the spelling varies across the board) translated from Wolof (language of Senegal, Gambia, and Mauritania) rice and fish is the national dish of Senegal.  There are 2 variations … Continue reading

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Mmire Stew-Mushroom stew

By Francine Holmes Mushroom sauce or Mmire stew [um-mee-re] is one of many staple dishes in Ghanain cuisine. It’s is made with fairly basic ingredients that’s are easy to find at the local market, including red palm oil, onions, mushrooms, … Continue reading

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Foufou-Fufu or Foutou for you

By Francine Holmes Foufou [foo-foo] is a mashed blend of plantains, cassava or yams. Foufou is a staple dish for Akan people of Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire and other parts of West Africa. It is known under a number of names:  … Continue reading

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Hausa – Koko porridge

By Francine Holmes Koko porridge is a popular breakfast food here in Ghana and in other parts of Africa. Overall the make up of the dish is standard, it is typically made with corn dough ( a paste made with … Continue reading

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Okra Soup -Sauce Gombo

By Francine Holmes Okra (Hibiscus esculentus) is known as “Gombo” in the Ivory Coast.  However it is spelled and pronounced Gumbo in the U.S.  The word ‘Gombo’ is believed to be derivative of Portuguese quingombo of the word quillobo, native name for Okra  … Continue reading

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‘Bissap’ Hibiscus Drink

In Cote D’Ivoire, we make a hibiscus drink called Bissap [Bee-Sap]. It is a wonderfully refreshing drink. Hibiscus’ beneficial health properties have been recognized and used in a multitude of applications. It is essentially one of those multi-purpose plants, like … Continue reading

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